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Activity description

102658 - Chronic hepatitis C in general practice Small group meeting

National Prescribing Service Ltd

This small group meeting with a trained facilitator provides GPs with an update and an opportunity for interactive discussion with Peers about the diagnosis, assessment and management of patients with hepatitis C.

Relevance to General Practice

It is estimated that approximately 230,000 patients are infected with Hepatitis C. Until recently, only 1-2% of patients received treatment for hepatitis C each year, the prevalence of hepatitis C has continued to rise with the burden of liver disease due to hepatitis C expected to triple by 2030. Patient with hepatitis C are at risk for the development of liver cirrhosis, hepatocellular carcinoma and liver failure.

Direct-acting antiviral (DAA) therapy has seen a revolution in hepatitis C treatment. DAAs are highly effective and are well tolerated. From March 1st 2016, DAAs have been available via the PBS for GPs to prescribe. GPs are key to increasing access and uptake of hepatitis C treatment to achieve the goals of the Australian Government’s Fourth National Hepatitis C Strategy. This educational activity seeks to empower GPs to take on this expanded role. The education will be based around the national consensus guidelines.

Learning outcomes

  1. Identify a patients’ hepatitis C status (acute, chronic or no infection), the stage of work up, and other necessary investigations to determine treatment course
  2. Outline requirements for evaluating liver disease and identify factors that may accelerate liver disease progression in patients with hepatitis C infection
  3. Describe options for managing hepatitis C and recognise patient and medicine factors that affect treatment selection and efficacy
  4. Implement systematic management for patients with possible hepatitis C and prioritise follow up using patient lists from MedicineInsight or practice software

Domains of General Practice

D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
  • Ways in which health can be optimised and maintained are communicated to patients, family members and carers

D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
  • Diagnosis and management is evidence-based and relevant to the needs of the patient

D3. Population health and the context of general practice
  • The patterns and prevalence of disease are incorporated into screening and management practices

D4. Professional and ethical role
  • Professional knowledge and skills are reviewed and developed

D5. Organisational and legal dimensions
  • Quality and safety is enhanced through the effective use of information systems

Curriculum Contextual Units

  • Aboriginal and Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander health
  • Adult health

Activity sponsor

Gilead Sciences Pty

Session summary

Date

Sunday 1 Oct 2017 12:00am - Tuesday 31 Dec 2019 12:00am

This activity is readily available at any time

Location

Various General Practices

Delivery

Face to face

Hours

1

Attendees

All attendees welcome

Target Audience

GPs and practice team

For more information contact...

Customer Service
T: 02 8217 8700
E: info@nps.org.au